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How can I gain 20 pounds by working out and eating more? I'm tired of being underweight but don't know where to start.
Check online resourc: Just as in weight loss, don't set up specific goal for weight gain. Instead, set goal to improve health & function, regardless of weight. Check out some of these websites: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/, www.shape.com & www.oxygenmag.com. Also consider http://www.cdc.gov/women/, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/womenshealth.html, http://www.webmd.com/women/ & http://goo.gl/hLA1wH (Mayo Clinic). ...Read more
How do you FEEL?: If you've always been slim, good for you. The "ideal weight" charts are subscience. Many elite track-and-field athletes are "underweight". If you feel well and can keep competitive in your favorite sport, stop worrying. You're a person, not a number. If you're losing weight and don't know why, your physician needs to check you out. ...Read more
Underweight: Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 20 is considered Underweight. Anorexia is an Eating Disorder with underweight. People who are underweight may have increased risk of Anemia, Heart irregularities and Osteoporosis. People who are underweight can find it extremely difficult to put on weight. See Physician for Diagnosis, have all necessary Lab done; have treatment. See Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more
No: How do you FEEL? The "ideal weight" charts are subscience. You're a person, not a number. Many elite track-and-field athletes are "underweight". If you can stay competitive in your favorite sport and feel okay, stop worrying. If you want to put on muscle, eat sensibly and do resistance training daily on different groups. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: "ideal weight" is subscience / entertainment. "increased mortality in underweight people" ignores the cause; merely being light-framed and lean is not a health risk. Elite runners with no bodyfat and efficient muscle are "underweight" and in superb health. Justin bieber (photo) isn't complaining. Stay physically fit, get rx if you are actually sick, and enjoy your natural body type. ...Read more
It depends: The dangers of true malnutrition are grave. However, the body mass index ignores athleticism. Many elite athletes, especially in track and field, are underweight without any adverse consequences. It's a matter of taking care of your mind and your body as a responsible person should. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: Body mass index ignores fitness lifestyle factors. The guys in the photo are "underweight" but in the peak of good health. If you want to gain muscle, it's about resistance training and perhaps creatine supplementation. If you're a man, you need no body fat; if you're a woman, just a little is fine. ...Read more
It depends: If it's from athleticism, as for the photo guys, it's good. The bmi tables are subscientific and ignore physical fitness. If you lack both fat and muscle and this isn't your choice, perhaps you are already sick. The number itself isn't magic but it can warn of serious illness -- famously, malabsorption and maldigestion are often missed. ...Read more
Find out why: "ideal weight" is subscience / entertainment. "underweight" is merely a marker for things that may be very good for you (being an elite runner), okay (light-framed and lean -- mr bieber in the photo isn't complaining), or seriously bad (hiv, cancer, alcohol abuse, malabsorption, etc.) if your weight is steady & you're keeping up in sports, you're probably fine -- enjoy who you are. ...Read more
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